Veg CSA - Community Support Agriculture
So what is a CSA?
CSA or Community Supported Agriculture is a way for you to invest in and support a farm. It’s a great way to get involved and know where your food comes from!
How does it work?
You pay for the subscription up front which allows for the farmer to purchase supplies for the upcoming growing season. Once the gardens start growing and producing, you begin receiving weekly shares of fresh produce. The program runs for 12 weeks starting mid-July and running into September.
What does it look like?
Each week starting in July and running into September for 12 weeks, members pick up their share from their specified location. Each weekly share includes a selection of 7-9 seasonal items harvested fresh from our gardens (within 24-48 hours). Each weekly share is approximately $25-30 worth of produce.
What are the costs?
Below is the pricing structure, prices listed is the total price for the entire season, paid up front.
- Personal (1 person) $210
- Small (2-3 people) $420
- Large (4-6 people) $740
- Egg CSA (1 dozen eggs/week) $ 85
- Meat CSA (~$30 of assorted meat weekly) $350
How to Buy it?
Pick up locations:
CSA is not available for delivery, and can only be through pickups at the following locations:
- Wildwood – at the farm
- Spruce Grove – Tim Horton’s parking lot on Century Rd on Tuesday from 1145-1215pm;
- Edmonton – Strathearn at Strip mall on 95 ave and 87 St on Tuesday from 1-1:30pm;
- Edmonton - Downtown on at 10560, 107st on Tuesday from 2-2:30pm;
- St.Albert – Black Diamond Distillery on Tuesday from 3-4pm;
- Edmonton – Westmount on 124 street, parking lot at 124 st and 108ave on Tuesday from 5-7pm;
- Jasper at the Farmers’ Market on Wednesday from 11-3pm;
- Hinton - Parking Lot across from Zara’s Health Food store on Wednesday from 5-5:30pm;
- Edson - Canadian Tire Parking Lot on Wednesday from 6:30pm.
What is the risk?
With a CSA, you share the risk along with the farmer. We do our very best to reduce and mitigate this, but there are always uncontrollable factors such as weather, bugs and disease that we have to react to. This can include reduced shares due to crop failures or increased shares when the gardens are in abundance. Know that we, your farmers, strive to have a garden that is abundant and that when crop failures, etc. do happen, we are just or are more disappointed than you are.
We encourage people to come and visit the farm to see what we do and what it takes to raise and grow healthy, nutrient dense food. All we ask is that you contact us ahead of time to ensure we are there. We strongly believe in transparency of everything we do. For additional info and photos of what weekly shares.
Lessons learned from previous seasons:
We have spent much time reviewing what happened last year and possible ways we can try to mitigate or alleviate the severity of issues as they arise (because they still will happen). So, some of the things we will be implementing are:
- We are partnering with Young Agrarians to hire an apprentice for this spring and summer so we have someone on the farm tending to everything at all times;
- We will be installing drip line irrigation to ensure
We are dedicated to improving and bringing our best this year! This Farm is still relatively new to us, and there is much to learn from the land and environment around us. When we spoke with fellow neighbours that were born and raised here, they had said last year started as one of the wettest years (up to August) to one of the driest years (August onward).And growing on a larger scale brings its own unique challenges.